* Posts by Dan Paul

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Google helps Brit crims polish their image – but what about the innocent

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If you commit a crime....

particularly a violent or sexual one, then you deserve to be made to live with that fact for the rest of your life. Anyone with a valid reason who asks about your background should be able to know it unless there was a "sealed record" because of juvenile status. If you are a public figure convicted of corruption or tax fraud, everyone should be able to find that out.

This "Right to be forgotten" is just more P.C. Revisionist bullcrap foisted only on Google because they are US based and you all know it.

There are quite a few OTHER SEARCH ENGINES and NEWS SOURCES that don't have to comply.

That's a shining example of how equitable these Eurocrats are.

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Courtney Love in the crossfire! Paris turns ugly over Uber

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Re: All the more reason

Graft IS a thing of the past because you can report them to the Fed's and actually get results.

They pretty much blew out a large part of the Mafia when Guilliani was Mayor of NYC but asskissing DeBlasio may have brought them back.

The LOBBYING of politicians is not the same thing as needing to bribe the police to get any help or the courts to be heard.

By the way, the "Citizens United" debacle (which I am quite aware of) was decided by the Supreme Court you moron and bribery did not enter into decision. THAT was under Obama the Liar in Chiefs watch too.

Why don't you read and find out what the ruling actually did? YOU might learn something.

http://www.publicintegrity.org/2012/10/18/11527/citizens-united-decision-and-why-it-matters

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens_United_v._FEC

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All the more reason

to leave the whole of Europe off your tourism list, Courtney. Don't worry though, those people assaulting your driver and damaging their vehicle are just "venting their frustrations". It's really not kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon. Too bad the Gendarme are too busy having a smoke break. Probably in the same union as the taxi drivers.

The French government can't stand any competition with their graft ridden status quo, they make up laws for what ever reason they want, apply them willy-nilly when ever they feel like and are only concerned with lining their pockets. No foreign corporate entity can do business anywhere in Europe without paying their literal "pound of flesh" and even then it's a crapshoot whether someone else will put their hand out or screw you one way or another. At least in the States you know where you stand and graft is a thing of the far past.

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Gates: Renewable energy can't do the job. Gov should switch green subsidies into R&D

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Stop proposing....

Pie in the Sky solutions that have never been done. That would be a good start.

Realize that IT GETS DARK AT NIGHT! No sun, no solar power. No sun, little wind. We need power 24/7/365 not just when the wind blows. NUKES ARE THE ONLY SOLUTION!

80% of civilization lives where there is a WINTER season! Electric Heat is inefficient and expensive. Gas or oil is the only thing that will work right now and I'm not going freeze to satisfy anyone elses green fantasy.

Stop blaming Man for the miniscule amount of CO2 we put out compared to all the other infrared light absorbing gas sources from nature including water vapor and Methane. AGW is a frikkin fallacy foisted on us by feckless efftards.

Tell developing nations they have to control their stack emissions exactly like the rest of us do. Clean sulfur free fuels and fuel oils and refining of same as well as coal did more for the atmosphere than anything else in history but the China and India ignore their pollution at OUR expense and it is greater than anything we put out across ALL developed nations combined.

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Cambridge boffins: STOP the rush to 5G. We just don't need it

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Speeds versus Distance

When we had 2G/3G there was significantly more coverage because the frequencies were lower. The signals penetrated buildings and reached most everywhere.

Now Telcos move to 4G and coverage areas shrank as frequencies rose higher. Where I used to be able to get a signal inside a stainless steel elevator, now I get almost nothing. The signal in my own house is infinitesimal.

4G buildouts need to be completed and the holes in coverage filled in before ANY new generation of cell transmission occurs.

Stop putting the cart in front of the horse.

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Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown

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Re: Fast track to offense

John Devoy,

You should concern yourself with your own country and it's problems. You spout ignorance and hatred yourself.

STFU!

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Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises

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CD "Quality"

It's too bad but the original LP masters of older music are already compression limited and it takes "remastering" directly from tape to digital to fix that. All you need is for the A/D convertor to be beyond reproach, not better media.

If music was recorded when the vinyl LP was the primary playback method, the base frequencies were limited on the LP pressing master so the recording would fit on the LP. Only the master tape was at full dynamic range. Then there were the RIAA equalization curves applied during preamplification for playback.

A normal CD will capture all the detail and resolution of the old master tape which is why the latest Led Zeppelin cd's sound better than the LP (and different). Using high resolution CD's and "lossless" formats with a dirty source just gives you a really sharp but noisy CD.

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Capita: Call centre workers, can you fall on your swords? Please?

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Double Cross

Where do you think those jobs are going? The company or agency that outsourced work to Crapita in the first place wants an even cheaper price so Crapita has to outsource overseas. When will people learn outsourcing raises taxes on ALL taxpayers? Someone has to pay for the welfare bill.

Word to the wise, if you ever have to do local onsite support for them; give them the shaft as much as you can.

When every job has been outsourced, what happens then; I ask you?

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Will a datacentre be driving your car in 12 years' time?

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Re: The first thing that sprang to my mind was

A recent Airbus crash because some dinkwad decided to program the engines to fail to the off mode while plane was at altitude?

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US SaaS firm bows to Snowden concerns with UK-based datacentre

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Indeed, Indeed

Yes, Ashton,

You must mean the case where Microsoft is fighting the US prosecutor that wants the data because the US court has no sovereign rights over the Ireland based subsidiary of Microsoft? Is that any different than YOUR courts thinking they have rights over US corporations?

While we are at it, why don't YOU avoid the Internet all together. There is enough false F.U.D in the world.

Common sense would mean that latency dictates the location of a datacenter. You wouldn't tolerate a 2,000 second ping would you? That's as much the reason as anything why they would locate it closer to the point of use.

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Pirate MEP pranks Telegraph with holiday snap scaremongering

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Same as the "Victim Mentality" that

leftwing politicians everywhere want everyone to have. They want you to be enraged at the "establishment that has been keepin us down man" to pressure politicians to listen to their shouty voices.

Reda is trying to link unrelated circumstances to create or amplify her freetard agenda. She and her ilk are not above outright lying to get their way. Orlowski is simply outing her behavior.

Taking pictures is not illegal for the most part unless you want to photograph certain sensitive facilities. "Trademarking" any outdoor structure that was built with public funds and then preventing photos is ridiculous and likely against public use legislation. If you can see it, you can likely take a photo of it.

That does not apply to certain "works of art" unfortunately. Music, Movies, Paintings and Literature have various protections and for good reason. The only one I disagree with is the long outdated Region Code nonsense. Artists and the studios that produce their art commercially deserve protections though 70 years is a bit long.

If you can't take a picture of the Eiffel Tower while you are a tourist in Paris, or the London Bridge while you are in London; you may as well stay home. How would that help the "Tourism Economy" that so many live on?

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'Backronym' crowdfunds itself into Oxford English Dictionary

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For all those pedantic bastards out there....

as follows taken from the OED page referenced in the article

"Global varieties of English

The territorial expansions of the United Kingdom between the late 16th and early 18th centuries, and of the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries carried the English language around the world. In each country where English is spoken, whether as the primary national language or as a secondary language alongside others, it has changed and developed in the context of its new surroundings, not only through loanwords, but also through localized neologisms and changes in the usage of common English words."

Of particular note, please notice the opening phrase "Global varieties of English" and the last sentence of the paragraph.

You don't have a corner on the language, its usage or spelling anymore. It has been commoditized by sheer usage and changes too frequently to be locked in to your ideals anymore.

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THEY WANTED OUR WOMEN: Neanderthals lusted after modern humans

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Re: Were Neanderthals really stupid?

Neanderthals did not become extinct, they interbred with cromagnon until their were fewer discernible traits. It's not the same thing as extinction. As I said, go to the beach sometime, you'll see Neanderthal genetic traits far too often.

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Re: Terminology

And since I am not Jewish and not one to mince words; I don't really care who made the change.

I don't recognize it has changed because the ONLY reason for different conventions was due to some PC Atheist Revisionist trying to make it less offensive to some other mental midgets.

Throwing away 2,000 years of historic reference for that reason is personally offensive to ME!

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Re: Terminology

@fishman

I am quite aware of that. I am also aware that both Hitler and Stalin revised history and religion for their own purposes.

YOU may not be aware that the ravings of a madman (Hitler or Stalin) do not make them relevant to my statement that you quoted, nor does it justify their actions. Lots of people "claim" to be religious, not all of them are.

FWIW The majority of people in Bavaria and Russia were "Catholic" before tyrants co-opted the religion.

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Re: Terminology

And BC and AD still do just fine to define era's.

Really, the Atheist PC history revisionists will have us "learning" that Stalin and Hitler were both nice guys, next. Hey I know, lets change the calendar too so there is less relation to Greek and Roman deities.

As far as "Speciation" is concerned, the Neanderthal type is still going strong. Been to the beach recently and you'd see.

My theory is that the Neanderthals were ideal for cold & wet weather survival throughout the Ice Ages and the less hairy Cromagnon were from later warmer climes where hair was a disadvantage from a heat and insect perspective.

Once they mixed genes, all sorts of regional varietal changes occurred. None of which are individual species as there has been too much intermixing over hundreds of thousands of years to discern much difference. Pigmentation has been used as an excuse to "speciate" the differences between people for too long. Let's make an effort to define where people came from and their ancestors through DNA to help alleviate that issue. I'm willing to bet there is a little bit of everyone in us by now.

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The wonderful madness of metrics: Different things to different folk

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You get exactly what you didn't pay for....

and since you were a cheap b@st@rd you got nada.

Let's face it, even the expectation of 5 nines is unrealistic in most cases as there are just too many vendors and thus too many points of failure involved.

Use a datacenter located nearby and expect to have a backup ready and waiting if you need that kind of reliability.

Charge what that is worth to the customer.

If they can't afford it, propose less critical service and go to the cheapest datacenter vendor.

Explain the proposal in detail so they have a real understanding and get a signature that notes they have read and agree to the T's &C's if they sign an agreement.

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Mum fails to nuke killer spider nest from orbit

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We'll be happy to...

send you some brown recluse spiders if you like. Too small to be seen well, easy to roll over on in bed, range covers the whole Northeast USA and quite deadly venom if the necrotizing fasciitis doesn't get you first.

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Even Apple doesn’t mess with Taylor Swift

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Streaming is no different than....

FM Radio is, and the royalties should be the same. RIAA should grow up and consolidate all music royalty types and make them the same everywhere. One song play equals one musicians royalty, one distributor payment.

Musicians should be given at least 50% of the royalty payment if not more. Anything different is between musician and distributor, not the RIAA. The distributors should not be able to set the percentages in their favor.

It's good to see that someone with power like Swift can make a company like Apple take notice. Now let's get the "indies" to a place where they have that much power, or a codify some agreeable rules where they do. If we want to argue about equal pay for equal work, then paying musicians for their songs no matter who or when the are played, would be a good start and it would even be gender neutral.

And thanks Andrew for finally using a reasonable picture of Taylor Swift.

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Verizon promised to wire up NYC with fiber... and failed miserably – audit

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Correct!

Lets add to that he's part of the vote buying entitlement circle jerk and counts on the city unions to keep him in office. That's changing soon enough.

The Verizon issue is a huge part of the political corruption going on in all of NY State. They are governed by the NY Public Dis-Service agency and there is a tariff that Verizon is supposed to use to maintain their existing wired network. It's about $5.00/month on every ones phone bill.

Except for the fact that Verizon won't authorize it's union technicians to do any repairs on those lines unless there is a business complaining and then not often. I have been told that directly by their technicians.

The NY Public Service Commission gets plenty of complaints, mine being one of them and yet will not rule against Verizon and recover the money so another could fix the problems.

The PSC and most State Agencies and Authorities are cesspits of political patronage and the friends and families of the influential get those jobs. Then they fail to regulate the industry they are charged with.

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Climate change alarmism is a religious belief – it's official

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Re: When are you even going to see?

Why don't YOU provide proof it doesn't happen first? Because you can't provide proof of anything climate related here, only theory, models of theories and completely unmitigated conjecture interspersed with outright lying.

CO2 is produced by people breathing, plants, and combustion. However plants also use CO2 as food in the opposite cycle. What is released in one way is depleted in another. Algae in the ocean eat an enormous amount of ambient CO2. Data on what is "in the air" can't remain constant and if it does, proves that the data is fake or misleading. They "pick" locations with the highest concentrations and temps to use in their data and deprecate the rural areas with low CO2/Temps.

That can rarely happen to methane. Nothing but extremophile bacteria eat it and they are only around undersea volcanic vents. Animals and decaying vegetation produce it in abundance and it is naturally occurring at such volumes as to make deep sea mining of the hydrates viable.

It is lighter than air so surface gas analysis does not pick it up well. We don't have much measurement going on at the upper extent of the atmosphere. Much methane comes from the ocean and they don't station many gas analyzers there for obvious reasons. Also, when all your devices are tuned for CO2 you don't easily find methane. Ultraviolet radiation will eventually break the CH4 bonds and cause other gases to form at that altitude. Let's not even consider that H2O is a decent IR absorber too and could be forming at high altitude from the breakdown of hydrocarbon gases.

But the real reason you don't see it as affecting climate is that the so called climatologists have put ALL their eggs in the AGW CO2 basket and will be denied all future funding if they get an inch out of line with the propaganda.

Therefore no research will be done outside of the AGW climate fairytales. Blinded by "science", they won't look at ALL the players, only the one that got them funded.

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No, but I will....

"And I'm still surprised Page didn't throw a frothing fit over the recent 'warming pause was a measurement error' stories..."

Just another reason why I think the whole frikkin thing is the 2nd biggest lie perpetrated on humanity.

They "adjusted" the warming pause numbers to fit their argument.

Lying cheaters need to be ground into bonemeal.

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When are you even going to see?

CO2 is not the problem and never has been. This so called MM warming is BS to line the pockets of politicians and energy producers and always has.

Try looking at methane and other hydrocarbon gases as they are far more Infrared absorbing than CO2. Methane hydrate formations in the ocean are able to come out of the solid state and sublime into the gaseous state with nothing more than a mild earthquake. They rise to the top of the atmosphere and thus don't show in low altitude analysis. The decomposition of organic vegetable materials adds to these gases in various forms including methane and smog forming NOx, also IR absorbing.

The sheer biomass involved can't be ignored, except it has because of "scientists" more interested in funding than real science. This is a closed ecosystem and everything that affects it is cumulative. Favoring one issue over another doesn't change the fact that they are all present and must be accounted for. We have some human influence certainly, but that is not the only cause.

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Re: In other words, "When to act"

There have been PLENTY of leftwing Demoncrat Catholic politicians that have disagreed with the Pope about the abortion issue. That is definitely against the teachings and beliefs of the Church.

Let's consider the whole Cuomo family as persona non grata with the teachings of Catholicism as well as most Catholic politicians even many Republicans since they support something against church dogma. As you are trying to say, you can't have it both ways.

As far as I am concerned once a religion get political, they should lose their right to tax exempt status.

We can't trust most so called "scientists" on the AGW front because of the "groupthink or else" mindset they have. There is no room for discussions on the subject with them. They have OBVIOUSLY adjusted the climate numbers numerous times to fit their argument. Once they did that, everything they say must be considered a lie and you can't trust a liar.

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Post-pub nosh neckfillers: Reader suggestions invited

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The "Garbage Plate" from Nick Tahou's in Rochester

There is a diner style place in Rochester NY USA that has a thing called the "Garbage Plate".

This is a mainstay for drunk college students at RIT and U of R. Nick Tahou's in Rochester has been around since the '50's. This has been copied all over the area in one form or another.

Their Wiki states - "A Garbage Plate is a combination of two selections of cheeseburger, hamburger, red hots, white hots, Italian sausage, chicken tender, fish (haddock), fried ham, grilled cheese, or eggs; and two sides of either home fries, French fries, baked beans, or macaroni salad. On top of that are the options of mustard and onions, and Nick's proprietary hot sauce, a sauce with spices and slowly simmered ground beef. The dish is served with Italian bread and butter on the side.[2][3] Health.com named the Garbage Plate the fattiest food in the state of New York.[4]"

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Tahou_Hots

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US Air Force drone pilots in mass burn out, robo-flights canceled

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Re: Compensation? @alfred

In a war where no one wears a uniform on the "enemy" side it is almost impossible to tell who the combatants are. That's not our fault, it's the fault of the combatants who chose where to fight from.

When the enemy hides in the middle of a civilian area, innocent people will die. That is a fact of ANY war, not just this one. Expecting they are safe because of their location is risking "innocent lives".

Launching rockets from the courtyard of a residence is the act of cowards who are ultimately responsible for any death or injury to those who live there.

Propaganda is rampant in these wars as any dead can be called "innocent civilians" because they don't look different.

Blaming our service people for the activities of the enemy is the biggest act of cowardice you can commit!

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Google-owned smart-gumble-maker Nest snubs Google's smart-gumble OS Brillo

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@Irongut Do you even understand.....

what most heating systems are in the USA where the NEST is designed? That why he spoke about the common use of furnaces. RTFM for details how the nest works with boilers, all thermostats that are programmable usually do.

FWIW the NEST is way over priced and there are plenty of products that work similarly.

Most homes here in the US have a forced air furnace unless in the far north where there are numerous boilers.

When the average temp is in the 60+F range, many homes in the deep south don't even have official heating systems.

What most heating systems here have in common here is Conditioning which uses air not water so fans are required and those with boilers use separate systems for AC if they even have it.

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Super Cali goes ballistic – Uber says it's bogus (even though its contract is something quite atrocious)

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As good as this ruling may be .....

for one person, this ruling sets a precedent that all contract employees (for any purpose) are not contract anymore. Really, there cannot be a taxi business that doesn't use freelancers

That spells a lot of trouble for a whole lot of "employers" including those in IT.

Glad to see the labor department does not need to live by their earlier decisions.

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Downing Street secretly deletes emails to avoid exposure to FOIeurs

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Why Not?

We have the ridiculous email deletion example from Hilarity Clinton and the State Department and Lois Lerner and the Infernal Revenue Service.

Both deleted emails or destroyed data with impunity to avoid further investigation and prosecution and have never been brought up on charges for the crime of "Obstruction of Justice".

Therefore a legal precedent has been set that no one in the US can be accused of Obstruction for deleting critical evidence and the excuse "the internet ate my homework" is now fully valid.

If it was okay for those two, it is okay for me and everyone else.

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Foxconn's going to 'exploit' Indian labour? SCORE! Bye, poverty

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Affects on jobs in USA

Tim,

40 years ago, the Auto, Steel and Coke industries were doing pretty well here in the Buffalo NY area.

The Rochester area had Xerox and Kodak doing quite well. The whole WNY economy was doing well.

Then came the various "Trade Agreements" that gutted these good paying middle class and entry level jobs and sent them out of the county. My job at GM went "south" as did many others and the plants have long since been mothballed or demolished. In their infinite wisdom, they tax empty facilities at the same rate as occupied facilities here. If there is no building on the property then the taxes are greatly reduced, therefore they demolish empty facilities rather than try to find new occupants. This effectively prevents new companies from filling in where the old ones were.

The Western NY area has never really recovered from the first wave of Trade agreements and they want another?

An agreement that we cannot even see or discuss? That the Obama administration can't see fit to release to the public just like ObamaCare?

There is NO doubt in my mind that this agreement allows Pacific partners to take even more jobs away and does nothing to prevent the further degradation of the middle class workers wages and benefits.

They already decreased the possible number of jobs by over 50% in many cases.

This is why your "standard economics" is wrong. These trade agreements drove people from their longtime homes and families, put them on the dole, ruined their lives and credit. They not only lost their jobs but nothing came to replace them.

There is NO agreement that guarantee's both the existing wages and number of jobs will not decrease. Anything less than that is a recipe for revolt and we are too close to that now to ignore it. Keeping the TPPA secret only serves to tell me it is very bad for normal people and there is nothing the Obama administration can say that is even remotely believable, especially about the TPPA.

I want a 100% tariff applied to any product that comes into this country that could have been made here. It is a baldface lie that the US or UK is not competitive in manufacturing when you factor out the ridiculous low wages that developing countries pay. Tariffs defray that difference and we either pay higher prices or higher taxes. I choose higher prices for manufactured goods over higher taxes so we can support a 98% socialist lifestyle.

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FBI to 'aggressively' probe St Louis Cardinals in baseball 'hack' storm

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Insecure Passwords

are the same as having no password at all, so there was no hacking involved.

Anyone who uses the same passwords in their new job as they did on the old one, deserves to have their database ravaged.

If you have easily guessed passwords and your data is online then too bad for you.

It is the same as leaving the safe door open and expecting they won't take the money.

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Pirate Party founder: I wanna turn news into a series of three-line viral gobbets

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Just another crackhead pretending to be a journalist

We have enough "blipvert" so called news as it is now without adding this buffoon to the mix.

Hell, we can't get the "News" without "color commentary" right now. Apparently "New Meja" thinks they can do it better than the Walter Cronkite types of yore. That means that "Content" and "Facts" will be missing in action.

You can have him and his pre-censored useless twaddle. Associated Press should just sue him now and get it over with.

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Sunday Times fires off copyright complaint at Snowden story critics

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Re: What's being talked about behind the scenes?

What are you smoking Arnaut? The Republicans haven't spent every cent they have got on impeaching Obama. And the Demoncrats are doing more to interrupt business by their own president these days.

Wherever you are getting your news, they are years out of date and completely incorrect.

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Belgium privacy commish ambushes Facebook with lawsuit

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Re: One thing I've learned....

Zuckerberg doesn't have to do anything because as much as you fools protest, FACEBOOK is not headquartered in the EU and the EU doesn't have ANY authority except against the Irish Subsidiary of Facebook. They can close that up faster than you can get the word injunction out of your mouth.

When are you Eurotards going to wake up to the fact that your sovereignty stops at your borders?

If you don't like it, make a competing service or balkanize the Internet.

And for the record, Zuck has enough cash to flip off the EUC forever.

I don't even like the fellow and don't find the services his company provides very compelling but some do.

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British banks consider emoji as password replacement

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Too many crackheads with bright ideas

No, just no absolutely no. Don't waste your (and our) time with this nonsense, PLEASE.

Life is full of useless crap already without adding even more useless crap like emoji's to authentication.

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Chancellor Merkel 'was patient zero' in German govt network hack

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Re: Hooooooooooowl...

You don't need to be very computer savvy to have earned a degree in Chemistry, physical or otherwise. You have to have good math capability and know your subject but computers are only needed for research. All can be done without a PC or MAC.

More depends on how the curricula and classwork itself is dependent on use of computers. I think the Chancellor went to University back when there was more impetus on book learning than computers.

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Beats loudspeaker silenced by Apple after $3bn buyout, report claims

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Re: I hope the woman in the photo gets happy soon

The latter statement is correct.

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'Right to be forgotten' applies WORLDWIDE, thunders Parisian court

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Re: Another extension?

France has no rights to make laws that affect other countries (Other than France) or the business that an American company has in those countries. The common method of using TLD's to differentiate between countries is the only realistic way to remove results based on a particular countries legal system. Failure to recognize that is the ultimate in legal arrogance and borders on ignorance.

Google should just make France disappear from any and all searches for any reason.

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Screw you, ISPs: Net neutrality switches on THIS FRIDAY – US court

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@Douchus McBagg

Let's start with cutting the wires at your door. The article is about the USA and OUR laws and ISP's not overseas moron.

Europe has no say over American laws or regulations and we have no say over yours.

Get that straight and things will be a lot simpler. Then your already short attention span will be a closer match to subjects that you can comprehend.

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Re: Ajit Pai Opined ...

Being a lawyer, a Federal employee or being nominated by the President is no guarantee that any person is worthy of their position or have a clue about what they speak about.

Patronage and payback jobs come in all flavors and colors. There will be a day when the telcos get what they want, it's just not today.

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Moon blocks Uranus for stargazers Down Under

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Re: Pronunciation change?

No, more like YOUR anus, not mine.

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Germany drops probe into NSA's Merkel phone-hacking

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Re: Well Duh

It wasn't just the NSA that was eavesdropping. The BND was doing it too and may have been supplying the data to other parties as well. THAT may have been the reason why the investigation was dropped as it would be fairly embarrassing to both aggrieved parties.

Let's face facts, all countries spy on each other to one extent or another. Started about the time we began to build walls around cities.

That practice will stop shortly after the Earth stops rotating on it's axis, just slightly before entropy causes the heat death of the Universe.

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In memoriam: Christopher Lee, Hammer's Count Dracula

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Way back in the stone ages...

I used to scare myself silly watching those Hammer films on Canadian TV channels late at night or even during broad daylight. I must have been in my early teens. I'd sneak into the living room and turn the TV on low. I remember screaming out loud and getting caught one night because of some shocking reveal of the Vampire in all his gory makeup. Christopher Lee WAS the Vampire and others paled by comparison.

He really did become his roles. That thundering voice and dark eyes truly demanded your attention.

Roles such as Scaramanga in the Man with the Golden Gun, Saruman in LOTR, Count Dooku in Star Wars, each were characters that played to his capabilities without being stereotypical. I'm surprised he did not do war movies too but as with many that were actually in WWII, they did not want to talk about or even acknowledge what happened.

Such a full life Lee had. We all could only hope to reach 93, let alone have over 250 acting roles to our credit.

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4 new twists that push the hacker attack on millions of US govt workers into WTF land

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@ Doctor Syntax

This is entirely different situation as we are not enemies with ourselves. Foreign hackers stole info (including Social Security Numbers) from OPM (Office of Personnel Management) that could be used against people in this and other countries.

Your OWN governments are "spying" on you every day too and all the blowback from privacy advocates and Eurocrats regulations is not going to stop that. There is a big difference in intent between knowing you called Syria and arranged a flight for someone there on your credit card is helpful info and justifiably collected today, too bad if you don't like it. Stealing the personal info of tens of millions of employees with the intent to use it against them is not acceptable.

The issue here being that OPM has as many holes in their network as baby Swiss cheese, ALL of this data theft being the fault of the US government for poor security. At the very least, every one of those SSN should be replaced by the Feds and new credit histories be created for each affected person.

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Duqu 2.0: 'Terminator' malware that pwned Kaspersky could have come from Israel

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Re: Not a game changer, this was never a game (Exactly AC)

I find it rather naïve that any anti-virus vendor wouldn't think they were already targeted by various hackers.

If Duqu 2.0 was that hard to find that a company, whose very business is to protect their customers from these viruses; didn't detect it for a long time then it must be very well written. By whom is the real question.

OR it could have been written with the ASSISTANCE of a virus software manufacturer and all this angst is a smokescreen to make it appear the Israelis are behind it when there are any number of "Bad Actors" that are closer to Kaspersky's operation who could have done it.

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Scientists love MacBooks (true) – but what about you?

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Then your IT department .....

is just crap and lazy to boot. They don't know anything about Windows.

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Gonna RUB MYSELF against the WALL: Microsoft's Surface Hub 84" monster-slab

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There are plenty of large touchscreens.......

available. Just add a computer and software. There are also add on touch screens for existing TV's or monitors to make them into "whiteboards".

The real test will be how they integrate all the parts in the Microsoft Surface Hub. Will it have Kinect support too? 3D? That would help some modeling and engineering applications. There is a lot of value in a complete package considering that some software could be more than the cost of the Surface.

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Config file wipe blunder caused deadly Airbus A400M crash – claim

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The investigation should center on...

who programmed the fail mode to be off when the plane was already at 2,000 feet.

THAT was a pretty stupid idea. You always want the failure mode to go to the safest position. Valves fail open or at last position for a reason. Engine control units that are ALREADY at elevation should offer a warning but not just turn off. There should have been an override at the very least.

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Nobel bro-ffin: 'Girls in the lab fall in love with me ... then start crying'

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Re: Why Apologise ?

And just dismissing a perfectly correct description of these Female Nazi's makes your reply even less important than "null and void". Contractions of word pairs are very common even if you don't like the subject or the phrase.

The chip on many womens' shoulders today is just amazing. Just as with minorities, the overcompensation of a "politically correct" society has resulted in arbitrary and capricious reverse discrimination and quotas that runs rampant over more qualified white males. Now that we've "entitled" them, they think no one should even criticize them.

I say it is time they grew up and learned that they have to solve their own problems without literally blackmailing anyone.

The ONLY qualifiers should be "Show me how you do the job", and "Who is the most qualified of all candidates?" not your sex, race or interests.

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Dan Paul
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Re: Old boffins

Highly intelligent and old people don't have the time or energy for false ideologies. If you spout that kind of politically correct BS, you are just wasting your breath. The only ones putting their feet in their mouths are the whiny social studies babies that can't live without someone to blame for their own shortcomings. Shove them in deeper, maybe we'll all get lucky and they'll choke.

"Modern Institutions" (that want Nobel prize winning scientists instead of problematic whiners) usually know how to deal with them without involving HR.

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